This Sunday, July 12th, we will be receiving new members into the FUMC family. These are people who attended our “Coffee with the Pastors” event on June 28 to learn about who we are and who we are seeking to become and what expectations we have for those who choose to make the commitment to membership. What we are all about, of course, is not adding members. What we are about is encouraging and equipping disciples—followers of Jesus.
Our desire is to help everyone in our church family grow in Christ. For those who become members, we are emphasizing five key expectations that we believe are fundamental means for developing followers of Jesus: regular worship attendance, daily time with God, growing in Christ in relationship with others (mentor, small group, spiritual “running partners,” etc.), serving in the church and/or community, and giving generously, with a goal of reaching or exceeding the biblical standard of 10 percent. Although these are not magical behaviors that guarantee growing in Christ, we believe they are essential practices for anyone committed to follow Jesus.
Those who attended the class were Leonard Baton, Anne and Kaitlyn Boccarossa, Calan and Tyler Chandler, Dan Dohrn, Doris Kerskey, Jackie Latorre, Jamie McNamara, Charles Michelson, Mildred Rawlings, Chuck Reeder, Ana Rita Richards, and Joy Tulloch. Let’s pray for all of them this week, that each of them will make the decision to join FUMC and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, continue to grow in Christ. And as we pray for each of them, let’s pray for those who are already members that we might embrace with fresh passion the commitment to follow Jesus that we made when we decided to join. Let’s pray, too, for people who are attending our services but aren’t ready yet to make a deeper commitment, that they might be led to a growing faith. Finally, pray that God will lead us in such a way that as the months go by and we live into a new understanding of God’s call, that new people will connect with us and begin or continue their journey in Christ.
Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
What would God have us do, individually and collectively, to grow in Jesus and add to our number those who are being saved? Ask in prayer. And listen.
Lord Jesus we want to grow closer to you and better at serving as you call us to serve. We pray for those who are joining the church this week. We pray for those throughout our communities who need to know your saving love. Give us a vision of the plentiful harvest and send us out as faithful laborers in the field. Amen.